Puerto Rican Cuisine
The great thing about this post is not only an appreciation of Puerto Rican cuisine. It’s not only something experiences from afar, akin to some type of biography. Instead, this would classify as a type of “autobiography”. The great thing about writing about Puerto Rican food is that I experienced it firsthand. Even better, I experienced it in Puerto Rico!
When I was there, I visited many towns and cities. I spent time in San Juan, Old San Juan (the touristy area), Cayay, and Caguas, among other places. Puerto Rico is closest to Florida. However, the food is a world of difference.
Sure, one can find the standard fast food restaurants which are in every state. Puerto Rico, after all, is a commonwealth of the U.S. At the same time, Puerto Rico is a country. The point of this writing isn’t to go into the whys of its status. Instead, let’s get right down into the food.
Plantains are delicious. They look just like bananas. They feel just like bananas. But don’t eat them raw! Plantains are cooked and fried. When they are finished, they taste like fries. Coconut tree can be found scattered all throughout the island. Also, one can find someone selling coconuts in many places. People even sell coconuts on the side of the road. It usually comes with a straw. What for. you might ask? Well, that’s the easiest way to drink the coconut water! The salesperson will usually have some type of large knife to cut open the top of the coconut. Then, they will simply throw the straw inside of the coconut. The coconut water is always cold! And it’s delicious as well.
The best way to try and taste Puerto Rican cuisine is to go there. This way, one will find the most authentic types of meals. Other places that have authentic Puerto Rican cuisine are certain areas of New York and Florida, where there is a large Puerto Rican population.